Phyllis J. Brown, author

Teach the Whole Truth

In August of 1619 a ship carrying enslaved Africans sailed into Point Comfort in the British colony of Virginia. Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the British ship, the Mayflower. It’s time to teach the whole truth about the impact the English and other Europeans had on this continent. Sixteenth Century Reformer Martin Luther describes Christians as “simultaneously saint and sinner.” This both/and approach is the Lutheran bedrock for understanding human […]

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Sonia Solomonson

Gratitude Attitude

Guest Blog by Life Coach Sonia Solomonson Why wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks? Nurturing a gratitude attitude promotes overall good health. My friend and colleague, Sonia Solomonson, wrote a blog in her Way2Grow Coaching newsletter that perfectly captures what I had in mind, so this week’s blog is from her. Thank you, Sonia. More about her at the end of the blog. In the U.S., November is the month in which we focus on […]

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All Saints Day

For ALL the Saints on All Saints Day

In my Lutheran world Sunday is All Saints Day. It is also the day in which we hear Jesus proclaim, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” This, of course, is commonly known as the Golden Rule. One of my writing colleagues wrote a book about it. Mike Ellerkamp’s The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered, is the result of his thorough study of major religions and schools of philosophy […]

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Divine Detour

Divine Detours

The blog you’re reading is not the one scheduled for today. In what might be called a divine detour, I decided to pull it for now. I asked someone to preview that blog. His response falls in the category of “Be careful what you ask for; you just might get it.” He sent me an email in which it seemed nearly everything about the blog was inaccurate and rendered the opinion it should not be […]

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Massasoit Ousamequin

Massasoit Ousamequin – Leader of the Wampanoags

Massasoit Ousamequin. Ever heard of him? He was a famous leader among the Wampanoag people – the people who had lived on the land we call New England for thousands of years before the Mayflower showed up in 1620 The history of what happened following that famous voyage nearly four-hundred years ago, assigns only a minor part to Massasoit Ousamequin. However, without his leadership and intervention, more famous people such as William Bradford, Myles Standish, […]

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